When the weather is cold, it’s getting dark increasingly early and the rain has become relentless, there is nothing quite like a big pizza in a cosy Italian restaurant to cheer you up.
On Tuesday we went to Cinquecento, located on Chelsea Green (just off the King’s Road). We booked earlier that day and I’m glad we did as the restaurant isn’t that sizeable.
We were greeted by friendly waiters who quickly showed us to our table. We ordered drinks (Bellinis and a Negroni). The Bellini was fabulous and very authentic.
Where our table was located we could see our pizzas being prepared and cooked in a very large wood oven. Sophie opted for the Salsiccia e Funghi, Caspar for the Capricciosa, and Henry and I couldn’t make up our minds so shared the Piccantissima (the spiciest on the menu) and the San Daniele. The Piccantissima has a classic base (tomato & mozzarella) and is topped with spicy salami, nduja (spicy spreadable pork) and fresh chilli. It was absolutely delicious with a wonderful kick. The San Daniele was also delicious but mellow by contrast with ham, parmesan, cherry tomatoes and rocket. The ingredients felt very fresh, and the base of the pizza was incredible – just the right amount charred. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and felt it was just what we needed. To prolong our visit we all ordered another drink after our pizza.
I would definitely recommend Cinquecento to anyone who loves an authentic Italian culinary experience. I would definitely book if you are planning a visit, but they also offer take-away pizzas if you struggle to get a table.